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State takes legal action over energy-efficiency standards

Apr 04, 2017 5:45 am

Brian Nearing is reporting in the Times Union state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is heading a group of states that are suing the Trump administration for moving to roll back new energy-efficiency standards for some appliances. Schneiderman announced Mon., Apr. 3, a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy for delaying tighter rules for new portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and freezers, power supply equipment, commercial boilers, air compressors and ceiling fans. The new rules were expected to cut billions of dollars from energy bills and reduce power plant emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases. Similar rules already apply to about 55 different household and commercial devices, including clothes washers and refrigerators, and heating and air-conditioning equipment. Schneiderman said the Energy Department's decision to put the brakes on the expanded rules was "another example of how the Trump administration's polluter-first energy policy has real and harmful impacts on the public health, environment — and pocketbooks — of New Yorkers." The states of California, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington, as well as New York City, joined New York in the suit. Read the full story in the Times Union.